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0 Behind the Thrills with Ed Shelley | River Riders

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For this month’s employee highlight we bring to you an employee who has been with us since 1997. Ed Shelley has been helping us in multiple different departments. Some days you may see him driving vehicles around, other days you may catch him guiding guests out on the river, but for the majority of the time, you will find him as our maintenance man. He makes sure everything at River Riders functions as smoothly as possible.


Question: How long have you been with River Riders?

Answer:  Since 1997

Now that is some serious commitment! Thank you for being such a valued River Riders Employee!

Question: How did you get into the guiding/adventure related industry?

Answer: Skating, BMX, Mountain Biking, and the Army

An extensive history of adventure is always a great start to working in this industry and a great way to spend your time off!

Question: What’s the first memory you have of an adrenaline rush when you were a child?

Answer:   First time dropping in on a half-pipe while skateboarding

Question: What’s the absolute craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Answer:  Running the rapids at great falls from pummel through pencil sharpener then through horseshoe to takeout.

Now that is some big water! Next time take a video so we can all see!

Question: What would you say to someone that wants adventure but doesn’t know how to make the time for it?

Answer:  Make the time because you live every day but you only die once.

Question: Most awkward moment on the river…go…

Answer: Getting to put in and realizing we had forgotten the boats

Well I’m pretty sure if you want to go rafting, it’s pretty important to have the rafts

Question: What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Answer: Sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich

Question: How do you relax?

Answer:  I work slightly less

It’s always good to take a slight break, even if it is for a moment. Good for you for constantly working hard!

Question:  What’s an adventure or destination on your bucket list?

Answer:  To raft the Mississippi from Headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. Just like Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer

Now that is a bucket list item if I've ever heard one! Use all the experience from your time of rafting for it!